realgooddogrescue on August 7th, 2014


Nora Tucker                                                                 Barbara Standing
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Fundraiser for Real Good Dog Rescue
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tower Center, 33rd floor of Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave.
$20 admission in advance at and at the door


July 14, 2014, Memphis, TN – Dog lovers and live music fans will come together to raise money for Real Good Dog Rescue on Wednesday, August 20.  The Real Good Party will take place on the 33rd floor of Clark Tower at the Tower Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The evening of music features Good Company Trio, Hank and Nora, Chuck and Nora are Retroactive, and Judith Johnstone.  Handmade and vintage jewelry and original art will be for sale with a percentage going to the rescue.  Silent auction items are being donated by businesses and individual supporters.  The $20 ticket price includes an appetizer buffet and sweet bites by Wade and Company Catering, and a cash bar with Happy Hour drink prices.

“All of my musical partners agreed to donate their talents for a night of music.  John Albertson, multi-instrumentalist for Good Company Trio, offered to provide the sound system for the night free of charge,” said Tucker, co-organizer of the event.

  • Good Company Trio is John Albertson on guitar, mandolin, violin and vocals, John Chambliss on upright bass, and Nora Tucker on guitar and vocals.  At the Tower Center Lounge every second Wednesday of the month, they mix jazzy New Orleans funk ballad folk country rock favs.
  • Hank and Nora is Hank Sable on guitar and vocals, and Nora Tucker on guitar and vocals, featuring classic folk, country and Hank originals.
  • Chuck and Nora are Retroactive is a new project of soulful duets by Chuck Parr and Tucker.
  • Judith Johnstone is a composer, guitarist and singer who recently produced a CD with Jack Holder titled Of Dragons.

Barbara Standing co-organizer of the event and president of the new non-profit, Pet Sector, is also a jewelry maker.  “I will be selling my fun jewelry, some of it pet-themed, and donate a percentage of sales to Real Good Dog Rescue,” said Standing.  “Chuck Parr will offer vintage items and Sandra Phelps creates adorable pet portraits.”

Tucker knows Real Good Dog Rescue well.  “The poster of their adoptable dogs hangs in the entry of my vet, Utopia Animal Hospital. I see Lisa Trenthem bringing in mostly small breed dogs for vetting there all the time.  When I found a small dog on Poplar Avenue, Lisa agreed to take her to be fully vetted. ” Molly, the terrier mix, has since found a home in the Tucker pack.

Lisa Trenthem started Real Good Dog Rescue in 2004.  She and all of the staff are volunteers. There is no physical location, so volunteers stay busy finding foster homes, taking dogs to weekly adoption days for potential owners to meet, and managing negotiations for adoption.  Their success is very impressive:

  • Since July 1, 2013, 350 dogs have been adopted through Real Good Dog Rescue
  • There are currently 60 dogs on the roster
  • They host one to three adoption events every weekend.  Some of the dogs can be seen at the Downtown Farmer’s Market once a month, and at Hollywood Feed stores on Saturdays and Sundays.  Dog profiles and adoption event schedules are listed at
  • Adoption fees cover about 90% of the vetting, but other complications including heartworm and other injuries make those costs soar.

“I don’t do this rescue alone.  It takes several key people and currently 19 foster homes,” says Trenthem.  Volunteer Cindy Russell manages the web site, marketing, adoption set up, and all things technical; she is assisted by Alicia Dorsey who also does our photography.  Mary Burrows and Julie Russnogle do creative photography/design and videos.  Don and Marion Jones are a couple who volunteer together to move animals/equipment weekly to events.  Our foster parents are so hard working and so important!  And we have a network of shelter-based volunteers who connect with me to move animals out of kill shelters and into rescue.”

“We are always looking for committed foster homes.  The more fosters we have, the more dogs we can save,” explained Trenthem.  Foster volunteers provide the food, trips to the vet, and participate in at least two adoption events per month. The rescue covers the costs of all vetting and medications including heartworm and flea preventative.

Dr. Jennifer Clay of Utopia Animal Hospital is the vet for RDGR.  “I have been so glad to partner with Real Good Dog rescue over the last six years’, says Dr. Jen.  “We are glad we can help them treat their animals and Lisa kindly refers us wonderful clients.  I am in awe of the number of dogs Lisa and her team re-home each year.  I am glad we can be a part of it.”

Tucker knows attendees of the event will be thrilled with the location. “This breathtaking space has an indescribable view of the city.  The food and hospitality of the Tower Center is always wonderful. They are donating the space, set up, the appetizer buffet and sweets table for the evening.  We couldn’t have found a better spot for a party.”

Along with Tower Center/Wade and Company Catering, the event sponsors include Utopia Animal Hospital that provides vetting for Real Good Dog Rescue, Hollywood Feed Stores that host the weekly pet adoption events, Pet Sector a non-profit organization that provides pet wellbeing education, and Signature Advertising.  Artwork is donated by Monty Shane and sound is donated by John Albertson.  All of the musicians are donating their time:  John Albertson, John Chambliss, Nora Tucker, Hank Sable, Chuck Parr and Judith Johnstone.





realgooddogrescue on January 14th, 2014

Real Good Dog Rescue needs YOUR help to find Jovi and bring him to safety.

We brought Jovi home to the Evergreen district on Thursday, January 9, 2014. He escaped the home and was seen around 10pm that night headed south on McLean, south of Poplar.

On January 11 he was seen on Morrison, between Union and Madison.

Will you please network/share this post? We’ve prepared a simple flyer (located here in PDF) and if you can post the flyer in the general areas where he’s been spotted we’d be ever so grateful.

Thank you for doing all you can to help us get Jovi back to safety.


The Booksellers at Laurelwood (formerly Davis-Kidd Booksellers) at 387 Perkins Road Extended is a great supporter of Real Good Dog Rescue. They are also a great place to purchase your holiday gifts AND have them gift wrapped.

We will be at The Booksellers at Laurelwood on the following days/times wrapping YOUR holiday gifts for donations. ALL donations are helpful to us as we rescue more dogs & puppies and provide ongoing care to the ones we’ve already rescued.

  • Friday, November 29, 10a-8p
  • Saturday, November 30, 10a-8p
  • Sunday, December 1, 10a-3p
  • Monday, December 2, 10a – 3p
  • Tuesday, December 3, 3p – 8p
  • Thursday, December 5, 10a – 3p
  • Friday, December 6, 3p – 8p
  • Monday, December 9, 10a – 3p
  • Tuesday, December 10, 3p – 8p
  • Wednesday, December 11, 10a – 3p
  • Thursday, December 12, 10a – 3p
  • Friday, December 13, 3p – 8p
  • Sunday, December 15, 3p – 8p
  • Monday, December 16, 3p – 8p
  • Tuesday, December 24, 10a – 6p

Please drop by at one of the above days/times. Purchase your gifts from The Booksellers at Laurelwood. Drop by our table to chat with a volunteer, pet one of our adoptable pets who’ll be with us, and make a donation to a great cause!

Do you have some spare time during any of the listed days/times? If so, please email with your availability. We can often use extra hands – if even to give a tired gift-wrapping volunteer a break to get off their feet for a few minutes! Having wrapping company makes the time go so much faster! And it’s lots of fun!

Thank you for helping us help more!


admin on October 31st, 2013

Petfinder isn’t showing all our VERY cute adoptable dogs and puppies, so we’ve pulled together their pics here along with links so you can read their stories, see more of their pics, and apply to adopt them. Click on any of the pictures below to get their info!

Please share this post with your friends and family who might be looking for their happy ever after doggie! We promise you that our dogs and puppies are REAL GOOD and just waiting to get into their perfect forever home!


admin on April 6th, 2013

Ashley is a precious little 9-pound small breed mix. We think maybe a Brussels Griffon, Chihuahua mix. She’s about 2 years old.

Ashley is a lap baby who loves to stay as close to her human as possible. She will sit with you, follow you around, and, of course, sleep with you!

Ashley is the perfect pet for someone who wants this kind of interaction with a small dog.

She’s ready for her new home – up-to-date with her routine shots, spayed, microchipped, and heartworm negative.

See more pics of Ashley & apply to adopt her here


realgooddogrescue on March 10th, 2013

IMPORTANT: Easter Begg Hunt was rescheduled to Saturday, March 30, 10am-12pm. Please join us then!


Real Good Dog Rescue is honored to participate in the Easter Begg Hunt for Dogs being held at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, RESCHEDULED to Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 10am-12pm. Sponsored by Three Dog Bakery with special support provided by the BrownDog Lodge, this event promises to be LOTS of funs for canines and humans alike.

Activities include:

  • Separate Easter Begg hunts for small and large dogs
  • Easter Bone-net costume parade with prizes
  • Easter Bunny personal photos
  • Canine cake for everyone
  • Several dog rescue groups will be in attendance, so if you don’t yet have a best furry friend to share the Begg Hunt with you can come and adopt one!

Purchase tickets at this link. On the 2nd page there is a space for a coupon code and if you’ll enter REALGOODDOG into that area, Real Good Dog Rescue will get $2.50 out of the $10 ticket price. What a great way to fund raise for the group AND have a fun afternoon!

Please share this information with family, friends, and others who’d enjoy a fun and festive afternoon.

Thanks for all you do to Help Us Help More!

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Lisa Trenthem and the dogs of Real Good Dog Rescue want to take a moment to THANK all those folks that are keeping us afloat. Our life saver is the foster homes who house the dogs. I cannot thank you enough. We also cannot function without the adopters or the generous donors. I just want to especially acknowledge the volunteers who have stuck with me for a long time: Vivian Lowder, Julie Clark, Cindy and Jerry Russell, Cheryl Kent, Mindy Rice, Donna Watson, Lisa Barr, Paula Cates, Sylvia Cox. Thank you to those who have worked so hard for this rescue and have other things in your lives now: Robin Tate, Julie Russnogle, Ann Fritz, Betty Thorn, Michelle Simkin, Becky Gribble and Sandra Norvell. Thanks to some of our newest fosters: Joann Kim and Eliza Burrows.

I know I am leaving out specific people but look at the difference you have made in MANY dog’s lives. I hope you have a great holiday season!

ltrenthem on November 11th, 2012

We have many great dogs who have been waiting so long for a permanent home. We are offering at $75 adoption fees these fully vetted, fostered pets that we are able to perfectly match with an adopter because we know so much about their personalities and needs. These pets are either seniors, special needs or we have had them at least six months and our foster space is extremely scarce. The pets are Andrew, Bentley,Bindi, Bodie,Buddy P,Dusty Zu, Gladys, Nadia, Parker,Peppy, Roxy and Snuggles. You can find more information about each pet by going to their bio’s at

Adopters must still qualify and be approved by filling out our online adoption application at

ltrenthem on October 3rd, 2012

We have recently acquired some injured pets and had pets injured in foster care. We are in desperate need for fosters who can handle two special needs pets. Gayle is a three month old puppy who suffered a crush injury to her spine when she was dropped. She now has no movement in her back legs, no bladder or bowel control. Gayle is a super little girl who loves life. Her foster mom has rigged up some wheels for her to move about. We started getting acupuncture therapy for Gayle but have had problems transporting Gayle to appointments. If we could find a person who lives closer to Bartlett and has flexibility Gayle could get the necessary treatment and possibly regain some skills. She also needs three times a day therapy that simply involves moving her legs and rubbing her toes. Please contact Lisa at or phone 901-276-7751.

Max is a precious 7 lb yorkie who was brought to us when it was discovered he has a broken jaw. Max is quite lively and we are treating this with pain meds and a diet that is totally pureed, which he is eating well. Contact Lisa at the above numbers if you can help.


realgooddogrescue on September 12th, 2012

It’s not cheap running a rescue organization. In addition to fees that we pay to “spring” dogs and puppies from animal shelters, we also provide vaccinations, other shots, spay/neuter, and microchipping. For many dogs we pay for grooming. For all dogs we make sure they have regular heartworm prevention. And those are the regular and routine expenses!

Some dogs that we bring into rescue are heartworm positive and require expensive treatment. Others may have early-onset cataracts or other issues that, because of the importance of addressing them for the dog’s quality of life, we must address. None of these expenses are cheap.

The Wag the Tail Garage Sale is an annual event we do to raise money to help defray some of these costs. Here’s the details and how you can help!

Sale takes place Friday, Sept 21 and Saturday, Sept 22, in conjunction with the huge Countrywood Garage Sale. We go sunup to sundown, rain or shine at 2331 Carrollwood Lane, Cordova, TN. Click here for a map.

We need your donations of lightly used items that we can sell. Call or email us with your donations.

We need people to help BEFORE the sale as we price items.

We need volunteers to help the two days of the sale – it gets very busy and the more hands we have on deck the better we can sell all we have!

We need everyone who reads this to pass it on to your family, friends, acquaintances, and neighbors so that they’ll donate or come shop the sale.

Details for calling/emailing to provide assistance of donations or time:

Cindy & Jerry Russell &

901-377-1731 & 901-834-0225

Our GREAT dogs and puppies will APPRECIATE all that you do to help them!

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